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The Australian journalist Niki Savva says Coalition MPs have told her they fear Mr Joyce will be “toxic” in their electorates after it was revealed the Nationals leader is expecting a baby with his former employee and had separated with his wife of 24 years.
Savva, a staffer in the offices of John Howard and Peter Costello, also said it would be unprecedented for a conservative figure to survive such a controversy.
Few MPs have spoken out against Mr Joyce, Savva said Coalition MPs “do say things differently in private that they say publicly” about the matter.
“The feeling is he will be toxic in their electorates,” she said.
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